This was challenging for me. It's not like I had the answer right on the tip of my tongue... I really had to consider this. Do I even have a favorite? I'm constantly trying new products in the hopes that one will actually deliver on its promises. How many opened, unfinished jars, pumps and tubes do I have in my bathroom? 22.
So I thought that my criteria would have to be the product that I liked so much that I actually finished all of it and bought it again. Well that narrowed the field down to 4 products but 3 of them were not facial moisturizers (hand cream, eye cream, and an exfoliator). That left me with what I would have to call my favorite moisturizer! I've purchased this 4 times and always go back to it after being seduced and disappointed by yet another product with the promise of ageless skin.
It's made by Skin Actives Scientific and it's called CHAS with SOD. CHAS stands for Complete Hydrophilic Antioxidant Serum and SOD is Superoxide Dismutase. If you want to know what all that means, there is a very in-depth explanation of all the ingredients and what they do on the Skin Actives website. There was also a post on TIA that covered superoxide dismutase at length. I know this product won't be a favorite here because of all the paraben preservatives. But parabens don't scare me anymore after reading what the scientist who devises the skin care products on SAS says about them. You can read about that on the website as well.
Regardless of what you believe about them, you can't argue about the good stuff in this serum. Here are the ingredients:
Organic aloe vera juice, sea kelp bioferment, pomegranate extract, magnesium ascorbyl phosphate, niacinamide, carnosine, carnitine, tetrahydrocurcuminoids, ferulic acid, sodium PCA, hyaluronic acid, hesperidin methyl chalcone, lycopene, glutathione, glutaredoxin, superoxide dismutase, phenoxyethanol (and) methylparaben (and) isopropylparaben (and) isobutylparaben (and) butylparaben.
I have 47 year old skin that is normal, tough (not at all sensitive) and not very reactive. Not many things show any difference when I use them. My biggest battle is photo-damage from years of baking in the hot Central American sun. This serum, in the short term, plumps up the fine lines and keeps the moisture level all day. It is fine under foundation and would, I think, qualify as a primer. At night, if I am experiencing particularly tired, dull and dry looking skin, I will apply it 3 or 4 times in an hour before bed. Morning brings soft, hydrated skin. No overnight miracles- just normal, dare I say, "dewey" skin.
After using it for a year with only occasional straying, I think that my sun damaged skin look may look lighter because of it. And for me, the dark shadows and spots are more aging than the fine lines. Oh and I almost forgot the best part- It's only $25.00 an ounce so I can use it with abandon!
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